Nearly a year after the death of much-loved Argentine rock idol Gustavo Cerati on September 4 2014, Argentina daily Clarín has published a fragment from a biography written about the star by journalist Juan Morris.
“Cerati: The Biography” has made waves by documenting the final movements of the lead singer of Argentine rock band Soda Stereo – leaders of the “Rock en Español” movement.
Cerati suffered a stroke on May 15 2010, after a concert in the Simón Bolívar University campus in Caracas, Venezuela.
Many have pointed the finger at Venezuela’s health system for improper treatment of the star en route to hospital, a slow ambulance driver and electricity blackouts are just some of the factors blamed:
Do you feel alright? I asked him.
Gustavo opened his mouth to answer him (Adrían Taverna, the group’s sound technician), but he wasn’t able to say anything. It was as if his jaw muscles couldn’t find the words he was looking for. The camera flashed and the whole team remained captured in the last photo taken from the tour. The group began to disperse and Gustavo walked confusedly towards his trailer.
Internet search engine Google even created a doodle homage to Cerati, who would have celebrated his 56th birthday this year. The doodle was designed by U.S. artist Kevin Laughlin.
Cerati formed Soda Stereo during the 1980s with fellow bandmates Charly Alberti and Zeta Bosio.
The group separated in 1997, as Cerati closed the show with the now legendary phrase: “Gracias totales!”
The group reformed in 2007, for their final tour from the “Fuerza Natural” album.
“His face wasn’t his face at all,”
Yet not everyone has been pleased with the biography. Benito Cerati, Gustavo’s son commented that “There are so many frauds surrounding us.” Claiming that Morris didn’t even know his father.
Feliz cumpleaños a un inmortal superpoderoso….
— Zero Kill (@_Zerokill) August 11, 2015
“Happy birthday to an immortal superpower.” he tweeted on his band’s twitter account: Zero Kill.
The biography also documents Cerati’s first few hours in hospital:
He sat up in bed and tried to get up, but there were several wires attached, Taverna had to help him walk the two meters to the bathroom. When he walked in, he saw himself in the mirror and started to touch his face, confused. He looked at Taverna in the mirror and then turned again to look at himself.
The right side of his mouth had gone to sleep, giving the left side of his face a sort of rigidity. His face wasn’t his face at all.